Energize Connecticut has honored 43 finalists during its 13th annual Student Contest Award Ceremony at the State Capitol. Over 1,200 Connecticut students in grades K-12 and college competed in this year’s contest. It encourages students to utilize their science, engineering, technology, art and mathematics skills to showcase their knowledge of energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainability.
Among the 43 winners were three New Fairfield High School seniors.
Aileen Leon, Sydney Gouveia and Thomas Ciardi took first, second and third place. Students in grade 12 created a persuasive image that advocated for energy conservation, alternate energy source or addressed an environmental concern.
Students in grades K-8 answered grade-level specific prompts in the form of a poster (Grades K-2), narrative (Grade 3), news article (Grade 4), book review (Grade 5), essay (Grade 6), speech (Grade 7), or public service announcement (Grade 8). Students in grades 9-11 competed in the community service-learning project award category, which asked students to propose a community-based project to address an energy-related issue.